Friday, March 29, 2013

PC Gaming Companies - Who owns Who?

The purpose of these info-graphics are to simplify the answer to that question for PC gamers - Who owns what?  For people that say they are going to boycott all EA games, that's going to include Pop Cap's Bejeweled, and Maxis The Sims games.  If you are boycotting Call of Duty, maybe you should lay off on the Starcraft and World or Warcraft.  Know where your money goes.

Here's an update to last years 2012 infographic.  The big change was the fall of the American publishers THQ & 38 studios, which led to the demise of once loved Big Huge Games.

FAQ:
  • PC developers only listed, so many developers will be missing (such as Sony devs).
  • Must have developed a PC game in the last 5 years, some developers that made PC games, have converted to console/mobile market only.
  • Graphic based on ownership only, not publishing deals.
  • If parent company is in the name, it is not displayed, such as EA Sports, EA Canada, etc.
  • Some services are displayed, such as Pogo.
  • Display the current ownership between developers and their parent companies.  This does not cover the history, past buyouts, mergers, or closures.
  • Individual companies are not listed.
  • Flag represents the parent companies country.



Changes since published infographic:

Vivendi now only owns 12% of Activision/Blizzard, making Act/Bliz a independent holder of itself, qualifying it now as an American (US) company.  Vivendi also owns 25% of Ubisoft.  Vivendi owns Gameloft.

Mythic has been closed down by EA to focus on mobile development.

Activision/Bliz is going to resurect Sierra as an indie think tank.

Activision/Bliz buys King (candy crush)

From Software is owned by Kadokawa Corporation - Japan.

Reliance owns 60% of Codemasters.

Lionhead has been closed down.

NCSOFT ownes Carbine Studios

Sega owns  Amplitude studios

Nordic Games renamed to THQ Nordic

THQ Nordic bought all NovaLogic properties

Square Enix to sell IO Interactive


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